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Charm Offensive

Review by Gary Hill

The mix of sounds here ranges from alternative rock to heavy metal and more. This is hard rocking stuff. It is also very strong. While this does tend toward pop rock, it is meaty enough to stand above the bulk of the music in that style.

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Track by Track Review
I like the guitar sound at the start of this. As the other instruments join this seems to bring a metal meets alternative rock vibe. The vocals shift it more thoroughly toward that alternative side. This is a screaming hot number, though. It has some infectious hooks. It is also energized and meaty.
Under the Gun
Bass brings this into being. The guitar brings some metallic crunch and the tune screams out from there. That merging of metal and alternative rock again drives this one. The cut leans a bit more on the metallic end of the spectrum, though. This is another real winner.
Inside out Girl
The sound here is not a big change. Instead we get another driving hard rocker with both metal and alternative rock in the mix. This is a killer tune and has some tasty musical textures, though.
Break Me
This is a bit more mainstream. It's hook-laden and quite cool. It really doesn't feel alternative rock based or metallic. It's just a powerful, furious, hard rocker.
I Am I
I was half expecting a cover of the Queensryche song by the same title. This is not that. It is a driving hard rocking piece. The vocals seem a bit processed on the cut at times, marring it a bit. Still, it's meaty enough to stand up tall. The rocking gang vocal section further down the road really makes this thing, too. You can't ignore the late guitar solo, either.
The Killing Man
The riff that opens this is at least as metallic as anything here. It's a powerhouse. In fact, if the whole set were more like this, I'd probably land these guys under metal. This is a meaty piece that's the highlight of the set. It's less pop oriented and a bit meaner. It's a great way to end the set in style.
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